Motorcyclists can take many steps to protect themselves when they ride. Wearing an industry-approved and certified helmet can significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and death, and wearing a riding jacket, pants, gloves, and boots can protect skin, limbs, fingers, and toes during crashes. However, no amount of safety gear can make motorcycles as safe as passenger vehicles, and riders take on significant risks every time they hit the road.
The two biggest risks that safety-conscious motorcyclists face are road hazards such as fallen tree limbs, loose gravel, and other road debris, and other drivers—especially when those drivers are negligent and fail to look for people traveling on two wheels. Whether motorcyclists are hurt because of obstacles in the road or because of careless drivers, the injuries they suffer can be serious and even life-threatening.
Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken bones—When riders are thrown from their bikes during collisions, they’re likely to suffer simple or compound fractures of bones. Broken bones can range from painful to potentially fatal, and often impede victims from working while they recover.
- Road rash—Exposed skin can be seriously injured during crashes, resulting in road rash. Even riders who wear protective gear may experience road rash if the gear isn’t thick enough to withstand the impact of the crash. Road rash is painful and can require skin grafts.
- Traumatic brain injuries—Helmets add a significant amount of protection during crashes, and many helmet-wearing victims have been able to recover from crashes that would otherwise have been fatal. However, helmets aren’t always completely effective, and some victims suffer TBIs.
The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm know how severe motorcycle accident injuries can be, and it’s our goal to help innocent victims get compensation. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, contact us today.